Scholarships and Awards

Indigenous Graduate Award

The Government of Alberta offers the Indigenous Graduate Award to encourage Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) Albertans to pursue graduate studies in Alberta. All department fields are eligible for funding.

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  • Value

    The value of the scholarship is $12,000 and paid out to recipient as one-time payment.

  • Eligibility

    To be eligible, students must meet the following eligibility criteria:

    • be a Status Indian/First Nations, Non-Status Indian/First Nations, Métis or Inuit
    • be a Canadian citizen
    • must be living in Alberta (student must have a current Alberta mailing address in Bear Tracks)
    • current students must have earned a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5 or greater over the most recent 15 units of course weight in current program. Where there is less than 15 graded credits in current program, admission GPA (AGPA) is a weighted factor. For students admitted in Fall 2019 or Winter 2020 in which graded coursework is not yet available in the current program, the Admission GPA (AGPA) will be used.
    • current students must be registered full-time in Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 terms. January 2020 admit students must be registered full-time in Winter 2020 term.
    • be registered in years 1-4 of the master’s program or years 1-6 of the doctoral program during the tenure of the scholarship
    • Students registered in a graduate certificate that can ladder into a Master’s degree program are also eligible.

    A student may only receive one Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship per year; these scholarships are NOT renewable.

    Note: Qualifying students, students on academic probation, and students registered in cost-recovery programs are not eligible. For a complete list of cost-recovery programs, please refer to Cost Recovery Programs and Courses 2019-2020.

  • Application Procedure

    Students must apply directly to FGSR by completing the online application in the GSMS Awards Portal; nomination by their home department is not required. Search for "Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship Indigenous" to access the application and for detailed instructions. Students may be nominated by their department for the AGES following the AGES Indigenous competition should they be unsuccessful.

    AGES Indigenous Help Sheet

    A complete application includes:

    1) Up to date unofficial UofA Transcript (printed in Fall 2019)
    2) CV
    3) Research Proposal (maximum 1 page in length)
    4) Completed Student Declaration form
    5) Academic Letter of reference (this is done through the GSMS portal)
    6) Proof of Indigenous ancestry (see below)

    Students are required to provide proof of their Indigenous ancestry. A photocopy (front and back) of one of the accepted documents must be uploaded to the online application in the GSMS Awards Portal. The following is accepted as proof of ancestry:

    • certificate of Indian Status, a status card or a band membership card
    • letter from their band verifying the student’s status
    • membership card issued by a Métis organization that the student is registered with (Metis organization must be a legal entity)
    • a certified copy of a Nunavut Trust Certificate card or Inuit beneficiary card
    • letter of support from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada or Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
    • a letter of support from an First Nation, Metis or Inuit organization (must be a legal entity) confirming the student’s aboriginal ancestry
    • proof that an ancestor’s name has been entered;

    - in the Indian Register according to the Indian Act; OR
    - as beneficiary of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement

    Note: If you are unsure about your residency or proof of Indigenous ancestry documents, please contact FGSR Award Services.

    It is students' responsibility to ensure their application is complete before submitting in the GSMS Awards Portal. Student must click "submit" for FGSR to access their application. Successfully submitted applications will indicate the status of "FGSR Review".

  • Deadlines

    AGES Indigenous online application will be open in GSMS Awards Portal on November 19, 2019.

    Deadline for students to submit application through GSMS Awards Portal is extended to Friday, December 20, 2019 at 4:00 PM